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Matter of Faith: Student-led worship service at St. Paul's

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

Each Thursday morning, a different grade of students with St. Paul's Lutheran School in Waverly organize a worship service.

We visited when the first graders led the other students, teachers and community members in a lesson about lepers and acceptance.

"This is the basis of why they come to St. Paul, is for the religion aspect. Being part of a service also makes them understand what is important and why they come here," said Jo Groth.

Parents said it's a great way for their kids to get used to public speaking.

"Neither of our children have talked about being nervous to worship. I think they start it at such a young age so it's what they do," said Stephanie Newsom.

The students take the lead during much of the worship service.

"I really feel having them get up in front of classmates that are older than them really builds confidence, and I hear often times when they go on to junior high these students are very comfortable and getting up front and taking leadership roles," said teacher Jo Groth.

The service includes bible verses, a short sermon and music. The Thursday service usually goes along with the theme for worship each Sunday morning at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, giving the students a chance to hear and understand the lessons again.

"It's set more at their level, so they probably get more out of it than they do a regular worship service," said Groth.

The student-led worship service is open to the community. The service begins around 8:30 in the morning.

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